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Joe MIlford Hosts Tamam Kahn

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Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad demystifies the most influential women present at the dawn of Islam and introduces us to Muhammad’s wives. Here they are in all their variety, among them a successful merchant, the leader of an army, two Jewish war captives, and a Coptic Christian diplomat. Here we see them, beautiful in their humanity, wily and wise, giving love advice, thwarting a rival’s marriage, serving the poor, saving a vital peace treaty. Untold's unusual form, sometimes called prosimetrum, employs narrative prose interspersed with short lyrics in which the author’s voice urges these unmediated wives to come forward. The research-driven prose informs; the lyric poems create an intimacy that drops the reader deep into the story. Tamam Kahn has written a "Prosimetrum" (prose with lyric poetry embedded in the narrative). The book contains 30 of her poems enlivening the stories of historical women. This non-fiction/poetry writing provides a vehicle for presenting material that hasn't been told to most of us –the lives of the wives of Prophet Muhammad. Tamam presents her findings at women’s gatherings, in schools and universities, and at conferences and festivals worldwide. She was invited in 2009 to read her poems in Marrakesh, Morocco, by invitation from the Royal government. At present she is on a tour of bookstores with her book: Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, Monkfish Books, September, 2010. Tamam lives in San Rafael with Shabda Kahn, her husband of 34 years. She is also editor of The Sound Journal.